For Immediate Release: June 19, 2009
Media Contact: Communication Office
BURLINGTON - The Vermont Department of Health is alerting consumers to a national recall of all varieties of prepackaged Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough products. These products may be the source of a nationwide foodborne outbreak caused by E. coli O157:H7 bacteria.
Anyone who has the refrigerated, prepackaged product is advised to throw it away. Cooking the dough is not recommended because consumers might get the bacteria on their hands or on other cooking surfaces.
Since March 2009, 66 people in 28 states (no cases in Vermont) have become ill, including 25 people who were hospitalized.
Nestle is fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and voluntarily recalled the products on June 18.
Symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 infection usually begin 3-4 days after eating a contaminated food item. E.coli O157:H7 causes severe diarrhea, often with bloody stools, and abdominal cramps. Most people recover from E. coli O157:H7 infection within seven days. However, serious complications, including kidney failure and death, can occur, especially in young children and the elderly.
Anyone experiencing severe abdominal symptoms should seek medical attention. Vermonters who think they may be ill from eating raw cookie dough should contact their health care provider.
For the FDA press announcement of the recall, including a link to the full list of recalled products visit: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm167908.htm.
Consumers who have additional questions about these products can contact Nestle consumer services at 1-800-559-5025 or visit their web site at www.verybestbaking.com.